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ESL tutoring for parents and private tutors

Games, role-play, skits… by far the best approach for successful and fun 1:1 teaching

Individual lessons can be beneficial for students and more rewarding for teachers. When you know what the student needs and how to achieve that goal, you can target your one-on-one lessons to produce more rapid results. However, one-on-one lessons aren’t quite as cut and dry as you might expect. Figuring out the appropriate structure, content and overall teacher-student dynamic can be challenging when you’re used to classrooms or group lessons.

With Shelley’s resources:

  • Build rapport with your student
  • Use conversational exercises and role-play to teach
  • Get assistance on preparing personalised lessons
  • Students will get to know you better
  • Lessons are created specifically for your pupil’s own language requirements
  • Students can ask for as much error correction, explanations and feedback as you want without worrying about any other students in the class
  • Your students speak for the majority of the lesson time, so it is intensive learning
  • You practise, revise and re-use new vocabulary and grammar continuously
  • There are no interruptions or distractions from other students

With Shelley’s resources:

  • Build rapport with your student
  • Use conversational exercises and role-play to teach
  • Get assistance on preparing personalised lessons
  • Students will get to know you better
  • Lessons are created specifically for your pupil’s own language requirements
  • Students can ask for as much error correction, explanations and feedback as you want without worrying about any other students in the class
  • Your students speak for the majority of the lesson time, so it is intensive learning
  • You practise, revise and re-use new vocabulary and grammar continuously
  • There are no interruptions or distractions from other students

Shelley's ESL Resources

Here is a complete portfolio of resources that will ensure that your pupil will focus their attention and fire their enthusiasm for your lessons.

If you’re looking for some ESL tutoring activities for one-on-one tutoring, you’ve come to the right place! It’s easy and fun to teach your child English.

Use this book of games full of fun ideas and tips to make your online lessons stimulating and memorable.

Find out just how much fun ESL role-play and skits can bring to your lessons, helping your pupil learn and stay motivated.

Receive free games and tips for teaching one to one

Many many more resources can be found on the website pages dedicated to each age group

ESL Online Games

Interactive activities to engage students of all ages and bring the joy of learning into your virtual classroom

Enjoy teaching happy, motivated pupils online. Following the success teachers have had with her classroom games books, Shelley created this mega-collection of online games to entice fun and effective learning for all ages and all levels.

Five-minute warm-ups, ten-minute no-prep games, low prep, and extended activities

Visual icons help you quickly select an activity

Tips on how to use the games in the classroom: an explanation of the categories, the best group sizes, how to adapt the games to different ages and levels, the materials you’ll need, the pace of the games and how to get the most out of mixed abilities

Games themed for vocabulary to stimulate speaking and listening

Rapid game selection to suit any occasion in the detailed index grouped into a category, group size, level, age, materials needed and pace

Introduction packed with handy tips on dealing with competition, movement, mixed abilities, logistics, working pairs and groups, classroom management and technology in the classroom

Bonus! Ready-made templates in the free downloadable bonus

What can you expect from ESL Online Games?

  • Easier, faster lesson planning – the more games you use, the easier it gets.
  • Fun language games for vocabulary and grammar, listening, speaking, conversation, spelling, reading, and writing.
  • Tips on teaching online, dos and don’ts, technical tips, online security, engaging students, and more.
  • Support from the author
  • Easier, faster lesson planning – the more games you use, the easier it gets
  • Fun language games for vocabulary and grammar, listening, speaking, conversation, spelling, reading, and writing
  • Tips on teaching online, dos and don’ts, technical tips, online security, engaging students, and more
  • Support from the author

Teach Your Child English

Fun one-to-one English teaching games for parents and private ESL tutors

Here’s how to teach English 1-2-1 fun and effectively. Teach your child in a way that does not feel like work. Have more motivated pupils. Keep your students, and their parents, happy! The games are for beginners to lower intermediate, aged 4 to 12.

For ESL private tutors or parents, 143 English language games to learn vocabulary and grammar, one to one, with sample illustrative videos.

 An effective way to teach English 1-2-1 that’s more fun than a textbook

 Save time on lesson planning

 More motivated pupils who enjoy your lessons more

 Over 100 language games, adaptable to any language

 Games for learning new vocabulary and grammar, speaking, spelling and writing games

Bonus! 3 lessons to copy in the free bonus

Free video demonstration lessons

one to one english lesson in action, pupil and teacherInside this book is access to three demonstration lessons on video. Watch and copy these lessons as an easy way into teaching 1-2-1 through games.

Watching the videos you will see how much children enjoy learning through games and how motivated they are to speak English. You’ll get ideas and inspiration from them and see what a success they are!

Fun ESL Role-Plays and Skits for Children

30 fun ESL plays and skits that are adaptable, humorous and easy to run in your class

If you’ve already got our popular classroom games book, 176 English Language Games for Children aged 6 to 12, then you’ll have plenty of ammunition for class time, but ESL skits add another level of fun to your lessons. ESL/EFL plays are ideal for including as part of an end of term show to parents or to the whole school. They help keep the group motivation high, increase your effectiveness as a teacher and ensure that parents keep sending their children to your classes.

30 tried and tested fun skits for children

A fun, effective way to teach and revise common vocabulary themes needed for the school curriculum

 Children love these skits; use them to help create a bond with your students

Warm up your class to enjoy drama, even if you have no interest in acting

Adapt the skits to your exact requirements

Great content for end-of-term shows, shows at a school assembly or school open days

Bonus! Access to skits in action

Free videos with Fun ESL Role-Plays and Skits for Children!

kids acting two skits by shelley ann vernon

Inside this book is access to a series of videos of plays in action. Watching the videos you will see how children so enjoy the skits and how motivated they are to speak English. You’ll get ideas and inspiration from teachers using the skits, adapting them, and from seeing what a success they are!

ESL tutoring tips

It is common for parents to want their children to learn how to speak English, whether as a second language, or even a third or a fourth. The biggest challenge for everyone, even for teachers, is knowing how to go about making it fun so that children want to learn.  Keep reading and Shelley show you how!